Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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Posted: Aug 13, 2011 3:50 PM
Latest developments in Arab world's unrest

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LIBYA

Libyan rebels fought their way into the strategic city of Zawiya west of Tripoli in their most significant advance in months, battling snipers on rooftops and heavy shelling from Moammar Gadhafi's forces holding the city. Zawiya, 30 miles (50 kilometers) from the capital, is a key target for rebels waging a new offensive launched from the mountains in the far west of Libya, an attempt to break the deadlock in combat between the two sides that has held for months in the center and east of the country.

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SYRIA

Syrian tanks, security agents and pro-regime gunmen fanned out into the streets of two towns to root out protesters demanding the ouster of President Bashar Assad in a sweep that killed at least three people. The heaviest assault was in the Mediterranean coastal city of Latakia, where a day earlier thousands had turned out in protests.